What Does It Mean to Be Girl Scout Strong?

Are You Girl Scout Strong?

I picked up my 2 little campers on Friday. Syd had been at camp for almost two weeks (her longest what does it mean to be girl scout strongto date) and Cassie for five days. While I love the break in routine (and noise) when any of my girls are gone, I’m also always ecstatic when they get home. At least for a few minutes.


Sort of.

Right now I’m listening to Mackenzie and Syd catch up on the past two weeks and it makes my heart happy to hear that they’re actually happy to see each other. I wish it would last because in my head, this is how sisters are supposed to be with each other.

At most of the Girl Scout camps, they have a closing ceremony on the last day before the girls are released to their parents. Sometimes they’re elaborate shows, other times they’re just a debriefing of what they girls did during the week. This year’s camp was kind of a mixture, but relatively short which was nice due to the blazing hot, humid day.

I showed up to pick them up and got there in usual Kristen fashion: 30 minutes early. I spent the time catching up with stuff and about 5 minutes before the closing ceremonies were supposed to start, I started hearing this buzz. I didn’t pay much attention to it at first but it got increasingly louder and I finally got up and walked towards the grassy knoll (what?? we have those here…). I couldn’t figure out where the noise was coming from but I finally recognized that it was a VERY loud troop of marching scouts heading our way.

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In one voice.

Girl Scout strong.




I will admit, it gave me goosebumps but I’m a dork like that. What I really loved about it was the strong voice of girls in unison. Stand strong and let your voice be heard, girls. Let people know you’re coming and that you ARE a force to be reckoned with.

Because that’s being Girl Scout strong.



July 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I’m a lifetime member and this sends chills down my spine. I couldn’t comment the other day, but made it my priority to come back to do so. This is a beautiful reason to why I believe in the mission of Girl Scouting more than anything.
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    July 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you!!! I love the scouts and I love that my girls are in it. All but 1 are active (the reason the 1 isn’t is a post still waiting to be written) and it’s one of the few things that I insist they stick with.

July 27, 2013 at 6:12 am

That buzz. Always brings me joy. As a camper, it was time to go home & tellabout all I did and who I met in my unit on the 45 min trip home. As a counselor, it was relief that all of those girls were going home and I could leave camp property and party with my friends LOL
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July 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

I can’t wait until Jasmine is old enough for Girl Scouts. Some of the best memories in my childhood come from my time in the GS. Most of them include pigging out on those shortbread and peanut butter filled cookies. Yum! Actually, now that I think about it, maybe Jasmine being in the Girls Scouts isn’t such a hot idea… Do they have low cal GS cookies yet??
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July 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Well, call me a dork too because I got goosebumps from your video! As long as they aren’t screeching at the top of their lungs, I love the sound of loud, strong female voices. My daughter isn’t very active in Girl Scouts anymore, but she is still in the same troop that started in kindergarten, over ten years ago. Welcome home to your girls!
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July 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I was a Girl Scout until age 13. I hope to introduce my daughter to this organization when she is of age. Definitely Girl Scout Strong – even if I am not active anymore. πŸ™‚ I still have all of my books, badges and even some of my projects in a keepsake box!
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July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

I love those goosebump moments with my kids. My daughter has been a girl scout since the daisy days in kindergarten. She has gotten so much from being a girl scout and from her connection to the kids in her troop. I hope I can find her a troop to join in our new location!
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July 23, 2013 at 6:48 am

Awww. That would’ve given me chills, too. But I’m dorky like that too ;o) I love the part about how it feels to YOU when the girls are happy to see each other. It always warms my heart when my girls are really looking out for each other or just happy to be in each other’s company. I’m in no hurry for camps that last that long though!!
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July 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I’m hoping that Madison would get interested in something like this when she gets older but it seems like she’s a total tomboy. Let hope that changes. I’ve never had a sister but it sounds like they have a strong bond with each other. Hope you’re having a great week!
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July 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

My daughter gave up girl scouts for soccer early on. πŸ™ Not that I don’t love soccer, but I was hoping she’d stick with the scouts too. However she makes some pretty great friends at soccer camp too and I know she has a fun time at her sleepaway camps!
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July 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I was really happy to have them all back under one roof.. it had been 5 weeks almost with their various camps and trips!!
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July 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Im like that too. My son went out of town for a week and I was glad to get him back-and he’s 17. lol
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July 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m a dork too then. I always get tears and chills at any kind of ceremony. I feel better because I’ve been sad all day about dropping my daughter off at her first camp. It’s only 3 1/2 hours every morning for two weeks and I’ll get to scoop her up soon, but I needed this.
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July 22, 2013 at 7:15 am

I am SO totally the same way in those moments. Instant goosebumps…seeing the GOTR 5K pretty much sent me into the Oprah ugly cry! And sister moments are the BEST! :)-Ashley
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